Incredible Slo-Mo Footage Reveals Hummingbirds Are Truly Nature's Fighter Jets

Most birds get all the lift they need to fly with the downward stroke of their wings—meaning there’s no upward force being produced as they raise them back up. Hummingbirds, on the other hand, produce lift with both their upward and downward wing strokes, creating air vortices that the tiny birds use to fly with…

The Mars TV Miniseries' Biggest Problem Is That It's Trying Way Too Hard to Be Real

National Geographic’s new TV miniseries Mars has a message for the people of Earth: Colonizing the Red Planet is not a pipe dream. In fact, it’s achievable within a generation. Unfortunately, in the first few episodes at least, that message smothers the show’s ability to tell a good story. Mars is much more enjoyable…

Five Striking Images Show How Solar Lanterns Are Transforming Life off the Grid

For those who struggle to imagine life without a slew of wifi-enabled devices at the ready, it’s sobering to think that a billion people worldwide lack electricity. But that’s starting to change. As developing countries build the infrastructure needed to power major cities, the rural poor are pulling themselves out of…

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